The US angular-rock quintet Playing To Vapors released the LP Shred The Master Design on the 16th.
Playing To Vapors
Akin to a spider weaving its web Playing To Vapors build complex silks of music threaded by fragile tapestry which derives its steadfastness via tensile strength. Not an album to approach when in a hurry to head else where, rather a tad over three quarters of an hour album to take in one sitting to dwell in the construction thereof.
One guitar bends and bows against another of intransigent linear progression, whilst bass calms the resulting conflict as percussion ties anchoring knots from which the vocal discovers harmonisation; All of which through the audience lays in approving silence.
My selection of the ten tracks is the second – Twin Flame.
Exit Vehicles is the angular-rock quartet of Adam Polon, Brian Polon, Jacob McLocklin and Brian Easley from Washington, District Of Columbia, in the USA.
Exit Vehicles – photo by Amanda Reynolds / Plume Photography
Combinations of rock and maths-rock give Exit Vehicles a signature sound which is instantly recognizable. Guitars jangle on the upper chords, as the percussion taps on taught strings, giving the music a distinctive timbre, to which the prominent bass gives a well considered counter-balance, whilst the vocal melds across the range.
The sharply carved spaces between notes gives the material a presence which spears its way into the ears. This is not music to think about listening to when planning a quiet background noise to add atmosphere, rather a sound that grabs hold of the audience by the lapels and keeps on shaking, with no let up.
The style of composition and delivery gives the tracks a barren feel, which Exit Vehicles don’t seek to flesh out with superfluous inanity, rather leaves the listener to work with the very skeletal nature and this affords the quartet the ability to provide music which has a panicked feel, keeping the heart ever racing.
Exit Vehicles, are easily able to avoid trying to be too clever. Whilst certainly challenging the cerebrum, the music isn’t inaccessible, once the brain is settled into the space the sounds are more than worth spending time to get to know and their LP STAGES which is set for release on the 3rd July is an engaging forty minutes of asymmetric rock.
Tetra is the angular rock quartet of Kevin Caldwell (Vocals / Bass), Stuart Lynas (Guitar / Synth / Vocals), Jay Buckley (Guitar) and Jordan Halliday (Drums) from Glasgow, Scotland.
Tetra put out material of progressive mathematical theorem, even by the very name, indicative of three, though with four players in the band. That doesn’t mean to say you will become lost in a battle of wit to understand the music. The snappily delivered dampened strings polarise across the ears giving the material a psychotropic feel.
For those of us who suffer from acephalgic migraine, Tetra is able to aurally translate Scintillating Scotoma, for those who don’t, the buffering colours of distortion shard one against the other in an aural contusion which fascinates as much as it discombobulates.
The structures of the sound are fragile sunlit shards of ice set to shatter on touch. Tetra is able to to play with the icicles and deliver music of intrigue as they kaleidoscope the light across their deftly maneuvered crystals.
Having had the opportunity to listen to material of older stature, which I enjoyed. I do find that their latest angle of delivery Tank (available on bandcamp) finds Tetra in more confident mood as they firmly grab hold of the edifices and throw them around the room with no fear of breakage.